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that a budget deal is closer. in asia, japan's nikkei rising above the 10,000 mark, wow, the first time in more than eight months. still a ways from 50,000. among the catalysts, expectations of more aggressive monetary stimulus from the bank of japan. the boj wraps up a two-day meeting with a policy announcement tomorrow. >>> the world bank in the meantime is raising its 2013 economic growth forecast for china and for developing east asia. the organization says that the region remains resilient despite the lackluster performance of the global economy. the world bank sees china expanding by 8.4% next year. it's expecting that it will be fueled by fiscal stimulus and the faster implementation of large investment projects. today's forecast is higher than an earlier one that was sited in a world bank report in october. 8.4%, not bad both if you can get it. >>> speaking of china, the united states is moving forward with plans to slap steep anti-dumping duties on wind turbine towers that are imported from china at prices that are deemed unfairly low. the news from the commerce department comes as u.s
's happening in japan. you guys may recall yesterday it was up .9%. this market has been on a tear this year. it's up more than 20 one of the best asset classes. the yen continues to weaken. there's two reasons why we're focusing here. we got weak economic data out of japan. industrial production decline. we saw core consumer prices decline. we can show you, though, what's happening with the yen. we're seeing the new finance minister coming out and saying to other countries, you know, look, we're not trying to materially weaken our yen and you have no place to accuse us of doing so. he says a strong dollar policy would benefit the u.s. very much so. and, again, might benefit japan, too, because that will make it a lot easier to get that yen lower. today, the dollar/yen is up .2% because it's important at this junction now that we've seen the new government come in, now that we've seen the new cabinet ministers, people who were expecting a lot of fiscal and monetary magic from to look at the data overnight and be reminded that it's no guarantee japan will magically be able to rejiger its econ
of the world's highest profile whistle blowers. michael woodford was president and ceo of japan's olympus corporation. his dream job turned in to a nightmare when he discovered the company had hidden more than $1 million in investment losses. he has a new book out called exposure. you had been at the company for a while but you were not the president and ceo. >> i'd been with the company for three decades. but became president on the first of april and was fired as president and ceo on the 14th of october. so 6 1/2 months. >> was it the previous ceo that orchestrated this? >> yes, he's admitted his guilt. >> and chairman was in cahoots? >> the former chairman and ceo became president. >> were you chairman, as well? >> no i wasn't. i was president and ceo. he remained chairman. he was known by many as the dr. evil character. and if you see his face, he looks like dr. evil and he was evil. >> it's hard to imagine. this is kind of a stunning story. just the idea that you could cover p broad losses. your problem was you looked and you saw the acquisitions that looked like ridiculous deals. ad
of japan easing monetary policy again today, announcing an increase of its asset buying and lending program by more than $118 billion. that move was widely expected as part of the reason that you had seen the yen under quite a bit of pressure, yesterday, at least. you'll see right now that in japan, the market there actually closed down by just over 1%, 1.2% almost. the hang seng and the shanghai composite were slightly higher. oil prices this morning, you'll see right now, are down by about 4 cents to $89.94, so you have things to pick up in those prices over the last couple of days. and the ten-year note at this point which yesterday was yielding above 1.8%, dropping down to 77.2%. finally, take a look at the dollar and gold. yen is at 83.99. gold prices this morning with all these movements in the currency markets up by about $1.10. >>> winter storm draco is moving across the united states threatening retailers and holiday travelers. paul, we know that sometimes the storms could be a good thing for some retailers, particularly if you're selling things from home depot or the likes of thos
now. >> it did with hindsight, but you never know. >> you don't. >> but you look at japan, they never did what they needed to do. and here we are, we escaped the financial crisis and the money market, it looked like it was going to freeze up and the huge fortune 500 companies. we avoided that but we just keep -- it's like we think we're permanently okay from negative situations and i don't know if we are. things happen in this world. it's still tough, right? >> it is. but this is a very important topic. >> you borrow too much and sooner or later austerity is awful. but if you can't just keep the credit card going if your kid has -- if it's 50,000, you don't say here's another 50. i don't want you to tighten your belt. >> that's why in the final analysis i think the administration recognizes that and they're going to -- >> this administration? >> yeah, is going to come to the table on the entitlement cuts that need to happen to make the deal work. >> you were with him a couple days ago, right? >> with some of his top advisers. >> you can't say which one? >> a group -- valerie jarron an
for david? >> well, no. i want to talk about japan. i know our audience is carrying a lot more these days about the fiscal cliff, but we've got another cliff of sorts coming up in japan, the electrics sunday. everyone is expecting that abe follows in the footsteps of mr. draghi and europe and mr. bernanke here in the u.s. we can more yen printing, that weakens the yen. maybe american investors can make some money in japanese stocks. i'd be curious where you think the election is going. does it matter? >> i think the world has more possibility that your pen might change course as far as monitoring fiscal policy after the elections. but the japanese realize when you play with fire, you might end up burning down the house. jgb's nine times tier one capital, if they're not careful, they can trigger a run on jgb and the house base comes tumbling down. so i think actually the next government is tokyo will be a lot more cautious. i think the market is -- >> so we can get another huge disappointment. so everyone thinks the dollar/yen is finally going to go up, you can make money on the yen short
currency and commodity trading they're going to end early. in japan, indonesia, the philippines, they were all closed in europe. only the uk, french, dutch and spanish stock markets are open and they're going to be closing early. there are now only five trading sessions left in 2012. get your act together. stocks and bonds, solid gains so far this year. the dow has advanced 8% in total. the s&p 500 up almost 14%. the nasdaq has jumped 16%. it's been a good year. the end of the year also means we are just days away from the fiscal cliff, however, and that's the bad news. and looming tax hikes, spending cuts, all of that. both sides warning a very big deal becoming a bit more unlikely. >> and my one bit of advice to speaker boehner is this. you cannot pass a bill with just republicans. on a broad thing like this, you need both. and he has put himself with plan b and sort of an impossible position. he has to get these hard right goes to go along with him. and he and the president were going to say we're going to pass a deal with the majority of republicans and the majority of democrats in the
. an earthquake off the northeast coast of japan triggered a tsunami warning. the warning has been lifted, but it was a 7.3 quake. so far no reports of any injuries or damage. it was for the same area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami back in march of last year. we will continue to bring you any developments. in the meantime, steve has some of the morning's top other stories. >> let's start with the markets. asian stocks rallying to 2012 highs overnight. the nikkei edging lower after hitting a se hitting hitting a seven month closing high yesterday. european trading, shares seem to be fwllat. bundesbank announced it had cut its growth outlook for the country. in the u.s., the nasdaq snapped its losing streak yesterday with its first gain in five days. the dow was on pace for its third straight weekly gain. u.s. equity futures at this hour -- we don't have them. maybe joe has them. >> steve, you are here because it's jobs friday. are you here representing c innocent objects t cnbc or the bls? >> i'm representing myself actually. >> good to have you. in corporate news, netflix, regula
the day before. and in japan, the nikkei up by 0.8%, kospi up 1%. oil prices this morning are trading up about 28 cents, 88.16. the ten year note this morning is sitting right at 1.85%. you to you see pressure on the yield. dollar down once again today. the yen at 82.37. and the euro at 1.30777. and gold prices at this point are up 1.20. $1659 and ounce. >> wonder what boehner and obama talked about on the phone. i think it went something like this. your mother! no, your mother. no, your mother. and then it went back and forth. your mother to infinity. >> no, i think what happened is we realize that there's been an awful lot of theatrics. >> you don't think they said your mother? >> no. >> you don't think they hurled insults at each other? >> no. >> actually, boehner was just a dial tone. you said i'm supposed to do what to myself? no, that's not boehner. >> on the economic front, i guess there are things going on. more employment data on the way. tomorrow the big jobs report and then there was the issue of the fiscal cliff. 11,000 in citigroup. i wonder if we start seeing things before
out over 90% of new treasury supply again. so on this is a big deal. given what japan is doing, there are six countries with negative nominal rates already. >> okay. we'll see juicy first half of next year. but kevin ferry, thank you for that. and, joe, before i go, i need to just make one quick comment to you. i said to the audience -- i don't know if you heard this. maybe you were wincing when i said it. i said happy monday. did you hear that earlier in the program? >> no. >> someone e-mailed me and i realized today is tuesday. >> you know how you can guard against that, though? by -- >> never saying -- >> for not wasting the sue pure if a loose anchor speak that -- >> you think happy monday is anchor speak? >> yeah, i do. people don't need that. or happy tuesday or anything. they know what day it is, most people, he hopefully. >> except me. >> yeah. you don't need to remind them. >>> in our corporate headlines on this wednesday -- i said on this wednesday -- ftx is in exclusive talk toes buy rival ga ardner. bids range from the low to mid 70s. the spx offer is assumed likely
here, guys, on, of course, the dollar/yen. japan did have when aer being called transformative actions weekend. it still remains toes be seen whether shinzo abe is going to be the next prime minister. can it help spur the company back towards growth? remember, with currencies, it's all relative and there are a lot of other players around the world who are trying to weaken theirs, as well. so it could be an uphill climb or maybe i should say a downhill one. >> kelly, thanks. coming up, we're going to debate where the economy is headed in 2013 and how much the fiscal cliff matters to growth. we have a special edition of squawk at 8:00 a.m. eastern time. remember that first interview we had with tepper a few years ago that made so much news. we'll have another rare interview with david tepper. it was 2010 and he sparked what became known as the tepper rally. it was really the squawk rally, but he tried to hijack that. what does he expect from the markets now? "squawk box" will return in just a moment. rivalry. rivalry. 'cause all our states are great. and now is when the gulf gets even be
the catalyst here, signs that china's recovery is gaining traction. sources say that the bank of japan will ease monetary policy this week and consider adopting a 2% inflation target no later than january. policymakers are seen responding to pressure from the incoming prime minister there. shinzo abe for stronger efforts to beat deflation. in the meantime, india's central bank kept interest rates on hold yesterday ignoring pressure to reduce borrowing costs. policymakers said they were shifting the focus to reducing the economy and that raises the odds of a rate cut as early as january. andrew olson, over to you. >> ubs reportedly nearing a fine of up to $1.5 billion. the bank is close to finalizing a deal with regulators according to the financial times. about three dozen bankers and senior managers are said to face criminal or civil charges. >>> and it's official this morning, tend of an era for aig. details emerged during squawk yesterday. today, the u.s. insurer rates $6.5 billion from the sale of its remaining stake in aia group. and boeing is raising its dividend by 10%. it will
bragz of japan's outlook. but also, of course, on new about the fiscal cliff, sent stocks around the world tumbling. we should mention a lot of trading activity has diminished as people approach the first of the year. we saw after a significant weakening that it is rebounding today, but pretty much everything is. flows are going into the dollar as the safe haven trade. the euro/dollar down about a third of a percent. 1.32, still the level there. but back over to you guys. glad to see that we're all still standing. >> we are. and we came in prepared for the end. we came in prepared for the worst. >> kelly, you were ready to run or whatever it is to do. you look like you're in clothes where, you know, if you had to -- >> she has roller blades on. >> yeah. and you have a -- >> i'm with you guys. i wore my heavy -- my boots are right there. >> i have canned goods under the desk. >> you can run in boots? >> oh, yes, you can. but kelly looks totally survival ready. >> i am. joe, i have stockpiled food under the desk just in case so i'm fully prepared. i think it's a smart strategy fog
to be japan. look at the nikkei adding .9%. it's up 22% this year. the flip side of that is that the yen is weakening. overnight, that is something tell them they known know what they're going to look like. and at the same time, you had detail about cabinet ministers, including carl asso. they're equity .ing about another 10 trillion yen or so to come in january with some detail on what measures on the physical side may compliment that. abe has threatened to rewrite the boj's mandate to include a 2% inflation target. the question of the central bank independence are huge and certainly deserve to be raised and considered here in light of all the discussion. but, again, .9% on the nikkei. we can show you quickly what's happening with the yen. it is at two-year lows to the dollar. you should also consider why currently wars are returning in 2013. it will be the bank of japan taking on everyone trying to weaken its currently. it could mean a lot more balance sheet expansion and a lot weaker currencies to come. >> kelly, for homework, i'm looking at annoying orange. you google annoying orange
on policywise in japan and the whole trade. fascinating to see china hit a few weeks post leadership changes, first time this year the markets had more than 10% rally there. and the signs of europe's issues being if not resolved, certainly more minimized in terms of stress. so i think we're going tothz a lot clearer signs of powerful rallies coming from the rest of the world in 2013 which will make it somewhat different than 2012 and to some extent the previous two years, as well. >> joe is down in washington wauchg all of this first hand and i know he has a question for you, as well, jim. >> feeling all the different things coming in. >> that must be a real challenge for you being down in d.c. how did you get that straw? >> yeah, it is. i can take it for about 24 hours. i am feeling a lot of what's happening. and in the last 2 1/2 years or so, the poisoned atmosphere down here just to try and do anything is becoming really apparent. we put the sequester because it was so hard to try and do anything last time to force us, now we're not really inclined to do it again. my question, even if we
has been putting pressure on the bank of japan to raise its inflation target in hopes of extricating the country from two decades of deflation. i guess if you just raised the target -- >> that would help. >> okay. >> it doesn't matter what your target is if you can't hit it. >> we found that out here. >>> meantime, in europe markets are closed for the boxing day holiday. seems weird to do it just for a bunch of people to -- >> box up the gifts and return them. >> it's not a -- >> bad, i know. >> it is boxing. what kind of boxing are we -- boxer rebellion? >> i've never understood boxing day. >> we have to look it up. >> i literally have no idea. >> or it's on google. no, is there anything on google that is different? let me see. just a regular -- >> is there their our way to figure out what's going on in the world? >> yeah. google, whatever it has. as for the broader markets, let's take a quick look at oil. just been quiet. 89, sort of 85 to 90 for a while. yeah, google's back at its normal look today. the ten year at 1.777. the dollar which has been fun to watch, one of the areas wh
. from an investing perspective. >> i've been around in asia and hong kong and japan recently and chile and brazil. you know what the most blinding thing is? you know who's got the best opportunity in the world? right here. best universities, best businesses, most innovation. in the universities we're sending, unfortunately, we're sending the very smart immigrants back home. we need to reform immigration. we have the widest, deepest, markets. the widest, deepest and most transparent market, in this whole mosaic, big companies that created this thing, this is the best place in the world to do business. not by divine right. it may not be that way in 30 years if we don't make the right decisions. if you could only invest in one place in the world, it would be here, still. that does not mean there are not huge opportunities elsewhere. we bank people around the world. you all have a lot of people up here smarter about the future of opportunities, about the things that happen in technology. but people say, technology, technology is going to -- is unbelievably good, strong and growing everywhe
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